Rapper and producer Chris Fields has released his brand new full-length, Dreams Are Forever, a 12-track tour-de-force that follows a series of singles released over the last year or so. While those singles were initially expected to be part of the final album, Fields output since he started recording near the end of 2014 has been such that Dreams Are Forever is primarily fresh material. “Crown,” which we wrote about when it dropped back in September 2015, is the familiar track, and still dominates with its confidence and snaking melodies. Fields contrasts a track like that one, which he characterizes as full of bravado, with others that allow more vulnerability, like “Visionary,” “Therapy,” and the title track. He sees this as part of the natural progression into adulthood, and as an artist, he says, “I’m just really letting people into my mind – what I think of and go through as a man.” Dreams Are Forever is a record of that progression.
No tour dates have been announced yet, but you can listen to the full album below. Follow @.
Se’von has achieved next level status over the last couple of years, and he just keeps bringing it. His latest track, “War,” created with B Sims and The Coalition, is a classic, foreboding, head-nodding beat with a killer hook. Se’von owns this one, spitting with the intensity of a man truly preparing for war. Don’t sleep on Se’von Legend. Full version available at iTunes.
It was a drag a few years back, when it seemed as though Admiral Twin, the Tulsa OK indie rock band that had topped our charts many times, had gone dormant. But not long after that, we realized that a new favorite of ours, The House of Jed, whose song “Coming Off Pretty” had nearly topped our Intel Superstars channel, is in fact the solo project of Jarrod Gollihare, songwriter from Admiral Twin. And, furthermore, The House of Jed is even more directly up our alley. The music is adventurous but unpretentious, melodic and modern but with substance. Since that first single, we’ve had several more faves from THOJ, including a super-cool video for “Everybody Lies” and a brand new one, the raison d’post, a killer track called “I Eat Earthquakes Like You For Breakfast.”
Yeah, it’s that time when fall smothers summer and ushers in all the attendant ennui. On his new single, “Summertime Luv,” Yonas is feeling it. But as he reflects on the moment, he’s looking to bridge the seasonal divide, carrying forward a summer romance. “There’s something in the air / I feel it everywhere / And I don’t want to leave you, behind,” he sings. It’s a great upbeat groove that still conveys an essential melancholy before sliding into the hook. And we also get another high quality clip, directed by frequent Yonas collaborator Mike Squires.
Following last year’s Do As People Do EP, Beecher’s Fault are back with a new single, “Life In This Light.” The new track is a complex hybrid, adorning the band’s folky rock with soulful, gospel-inspired backing vocals and ambient guitars, all of which get their moment to shine through a spare arrangement built on the rush and lull of complicated rhythmic patterns. And then just when you’ve caught up with the flow, the song launches into it’s final third, a driving rock beat with some classic rock guitar figures and vocoder vocals.
The song is accompanied by a lyric video with disconcertingly busy city-life images juxtaposed with sweeping landscape images, further emphasizing the duality of the music and the lyric’s preoccupation with maintaining perspective. Watch below.
The multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist Heidi Lynne Gluck is best known to many as a utility player and session woman to the stars (including stints with Juliana Hatfield‘s Some Girls and Margot & the Nuclear So and Sos). But after a period of relative quiet, she’s spent the last couple of years focusing on her own material. In 2015, Gluck released her debut EP The Only Girl In The Room, a beautifully rootsy 5-song collection on which she was the sole performer.
In advance of her new full-length album Pony Show, due August 26th on Lotuspool Records, Gluck has released the single “Mercury Rising,” a rolling, melodic song with a vaguely “Man Who Sold The World” vibe that showcases her breezy, drawling voice and imagery rich lyrics. See below for Pony Show‘s full track listing.
1. Pony Show
2. Mercury Rising
3. Sadness Is Psychedelic
4. Better Homes & Gardens
5. Waiting For You To Say It
6. Pin Striped Vest
7. I Like ‘Em Cruel
8. The Universe Had Split
10. Jumping Vows